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4 Ways Dentists Can Fight Dental Phobia and Anxiety

Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people avoid getting their teeth cleaned. The problem is that you're not completely avoiding the dentist by putting it off.

Dental diseases such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even crooked teeth in children can progress beyond the point of repair if you do not visit a dentist for an extended period of time. That is, your dental phobia is having a negative impact on your smile. People suffering from dental anxiety frequently visit a dentist when it is too late or when they are in excruciating tooth pain.

The good news is that dentists see patients suffering from dental anxiety every day in their offices. In fact, dentistry has evolved to make people with dental phobias more comfortable during dental procedures.

Overcoming  fear of the dental needle 

Fear of the dental needle is the most common cause of dental phobia during a dental appointment. To begin, it's important to understand that this isn't just a dental phobia. Needle phobia is one of several phobias associated with blood injection injuries. People who are afraid of needles experience low blood pressure and fainting.

Painless injections are a recent advancement in dental surgery. In general, these refer to the use of a wand-type local anesthetic device.

The dental wand is equipped with a small handpiece that resembles a pen. It is intended to deliver anesthetic in a gradual and comfortable manner. The delivery is done at low pressure and at a slow rate, which results in better anesthesia.

Nitrous oxide, in combination with pure oxygen and air, is used to induce relaxation and even a sense of floating in the patient. The system is extremely comfortable and can be customized by the patient if desired.

Dental hypnosis 

Experts disagree on the precise mechanism by which hypnosis works. It could, however, be described as controlling or 'quieting' the conscious mind. The perception of harm is the most difficult factor to overcome in dental phobia, and hypnosis has been shown to be effective in even overcoming dental phobia.

Hypnotists can assist you in reaching a state in which you can more easily access your subconscious mind. From here, they can make suggestions to help you visualize what you want to achieve. Trance is one way to describe hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been used in dentistry to treat a strong gag reflex, chronic facial pain, and unwanted habits such as teeth grinding.

Laser dentistry

Fear of the sound of a dental drill can play a significant role in dental phobia. Drills dentistry sounds easy, doesn't it?

Dental lasers operate by emitting high-energy light. Lasers have recently been used in surgical and dental procedures. They can be used as a cutting tool for hard or soft tissues in the mouth.

Pediatric dentists 

A negative experience in childhood is often the source of dental phobia. Due to the perception and unfamiliarity of a dental office, as well as the relative discomfort experienced in the mouth, children in particular can experience intense dental anxiety.

Some children should be seen by a pediatric dentist in certain situations to avoid long-term dental anxiety or phobia.

A pediatric dentist must register their specialist qualification with their jurisdiction's Dental Board and limit their practice to pediatric dentistry.

Here's an overview of what pediatric dentists do and why they can help with dental phobias.

  1. They identify the causes of dental disease and educate children and their families on the importance of having healthy teeth and mouths.
  2. They work in an entirely child-centered and welcoming environment.
  3. They provide specialized techniques for dealing with anxiety and/or young children, such as using unique methods for administering local analgesia and dental sedation, as well as providing dental treatment under general anesthesia.
  4. They treat children with medical, physical, and mental conditions, as well as those with behavioral issues such as autism and ADHD.

Pediatric dentists play an important role in not only helping children overcome dental phobia but also in administering important treatments that affect the growth and development of a child's oral cavity.

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